The Morning Stake | 2019.10.23

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Okra. Via BitterSoutherner all you ever wanted to know about okra, which I had no idea was related to cotton:

No one can say for sure who carried the first okra pods across the Atlantic. The location of origin is also obscure and its lineage unclear. Botanists squabbled for centuries over okra’s classification, finally settling on Abelmoschus esculentus, from Arabic abu-l-mosk, or father of musk, and a Latin root word for delicious, full of food. It is a member of the Malvaceae, or mallow family, kissing cousins with cotton, cocoa, durian, and hibiscus. When the pods get too big and fibrous, okra takes on the characteristics of its inedible relative balsa wood. Some scientists argue okra came out of the Ethiopian Highlands, then spread across the Arabian Peninsula and onward to the African subcontinent on two principal trade routes known as the Monsoon Exchange. (To add to the confusion, indigenous edible mallows also grow in India, China, and Southeast Asia.) The first located and unique mention of okra comes to us through Moorish explorer Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Mufarrij bin Abdillah, a descendant of freed slaves whose Botanical Journey, published in 1216, was an early book on plant and herb species based on his observations in the field. He was a teacher of fellow botanist Ibn al-Baitar, who quoted his mentor in a later work about a preparation of tender okra cooked with meat in Egypt. He wrote: “By nature it is cold and moist — the moistest of all vegetables. The blood produced from it is bad. It is of little nutritive value. It is said to agree with people with a hot temperament. Its harmful effects are averted if it be eaten with a lot of hot spices.”

Relationship with Under Armour. Have you ever wondered if the relationship with Under Armour will continue? Well, yesterday Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank resigned as the CEO and new CEO, Patrik Frisk, was on campus with the Texas Tech athletic department, including Kirby Hocutt. Don’t ask me which one is Frisk (pretty sure he doesn’t have the longer than shoulder length hair). I should mention that I’ve been searching for a new pair of running shoes and I was checking out some Under Armour options and ran across the “college pride” HOVR Sonic 2 running shoes and Texas Tech IS NOT represented. This is me being bitter and deciding not to make a purchase of these or any UA shoes as a result. Step. Up. Yo. Game. Under. Armour.

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Big 12 Media Day. I don’t know if we can be friends if you get the Big 12 Now on ESPN+ subscriptoin just to watch the Big 12 Media Day. I promise, I’ll cover it so you don’t have to get that subscription.

Go Get Lunch. The Tip-Off Luncheon is Monday, November 4th at 11:30 p.m. at the Overton Hotel. Please go and tell us all about it. You’ll be the hero we all deserve.

Texas Tech Football

Who Is KU? LubbockOnline’s Don Williams asks who is this Kansas team:

Kansas hired Miles, the former head coach at Oklahoma State and LSU, in November. Miles promoted Brent Dearmon from senior offensive consultant to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Oct. 6.

Dearmon spent 2018 as head coach at NAIA Bethel, where his team averaged 55 points per game, the most by a college team at any level last year. He was an analyst on Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn from 2013-14.

Tech defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said the offense the Jayhawks ran Saturday looked nothing like the one on video he broke down of the Jayhawks’ first four games.

“Just completely different,” Patterson said. “It’s like they maybe identity-wise were wanting to be a physical, Les Miles pound-the-rock type team (the first month) with some spread principles mixed in.

“Now they just wholesale went spread. They look like every other Big 12 team in the league now.”

Yost Media Availability. LubbockOnline’s Don Williams and RedRaiderSports’ Billy Watson recap the media availability with offensive coordinator David Yost. Williams focused on Deaton first, who opined that those Pro Football Focus grades are a bunch of crap:

“I don’t really care about PFF,” Deaton said Tuesday. “They don’t know what our coaches want from us each play. As far as the grading goes, they don’t know what our assignment is. I don’t really read into what PFF says for that reason.”

Fortunately for Deaton, his grade internally has consistently been on about the same level as those monitoring him from the outside. For a sophomore starting full time this season for the first time, his performance has been about as quality as the Red Raiders could ask for.

“He’s graded out really high for us through the first seven games,” Tech offensive coordinator David Yost said. “What he’s done at center for us as a new center, and as much as we put on that position, he’s done a tremendous job of running the show up front.”

In the Watson post, Yost said that the offensive staff and players are working to correct their issues:

Yost said on Monday the first thing they did was address the issues in their meeting.

“Guys care, it’s important to them,” Yost added. “They don’t want to put that on video. They don’t want to do that for their teammates, and that goes a long way. There’s a lot of buy-in, there’s a lot of investment from guys, you can see it.”

“It’s just keep working through it and everything. You’re going to have mistakes in the game, and then when those things do happen, how do you overcome it? When you have a dropped ball, how do you… someone’s got to make a play. When you jump offsides, guess what: we got to get five more yards. That’s all it is. We’ve overcome a lot of those this year.”

Someone Should Be Fired for This Uniform.

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